Oxford is about 60 miles (90 kms) northwest of London and is well served by road and rail networks that give fast and direct access locally, nationally and from Europe.
Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway. Junctions 8 and 9 link directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to the south and west coast ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34.
Visit the Transport Direct website to plan your journey to Oxford online.
A direct service operates between Oxford and London Paddington (approximately every 30 minutes), and between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For information contact National Rail Enquiries (tel: +44 (0)8457 484950).
Oxford is easy to reach from the following major airports:
A list of taxi companies, many of which offer a bespoke airport pick-up service, can be found on the Tourist Information Centre website.
Parking in Oxford
There are access restrictions for cars within the city centre, particularly for traffic coming into the centre from the east, along the High Street.
For quick and easy access to the city centre you are advise to use one of Oxford's 5 Park and Ride sites.
If you are travelling within the boundaries of Oxford city, the two main bus companies are the Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. Visit their websites for a detailed list of their bus services and up-to-date timetables.
Visit the Timetables and Maps page of the Oxfordshire County Council website to see a full list of bus services in Oxfordshire and where to catch them in Oxford.
Citizens of the European Union do not need a visa to enter Britain. If you are from any other country, find out about visa requirements before you travel by visiting http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/.